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Attorneys for now-deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s notorious madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, are reportedly hoping to exploit the precedent set by formerly convicted rapist Bill Cosby’s release from prison to secure their client’s own release.

Cosby’s otherwise completely valid rape conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday because of a technicality, thus putting an end to the 10-year sentence he’d been serving.

That very same afternoon, one of Maxwell’s attorneys, David Oscar Markus, published a column at the New York Daily News calling for his client’s release based on the precedent set by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court did the right thing when it threw out Bill Cosby’s convictions because prosecutors cheated: They promised Cosby that they would not prosecute him if he would testify in the civil cases against him; based on that promise, Cosby testified and did not invoke his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Prosecutors then broke their promise and used Cosby’s statements in those depositions to win a conviction against him,” he wrote.

According to Markus, something similar happened to his client.

“Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty and struck a bargain with the prosecutors in Miami: In exchange for pleading guilty in state court, the U.S. attorney’s office agreed that it would not prosecute any of his alleged co-conspirators. … Despite its promise not to go after Maxwell, federal prosecutors in New York brought a federal case against her after Epstein died, arguing that it does not need to live up to the deal struck by federal prosecutors in Miami,” he explained.

Two days later, Markus and his team brought this exact argument before the judge presiding over Maxwell’s case.

“The government is trying to renege on its agreement and prosecute Ms Maxwell over 25 years later for the exact same offenses for which she was granted immunity,” he wrote, according to The Guardian.

This attempt is reportedly very unlikely to be successful for a couple of key reasons.

One was Markus’s mistake of airing his arguments publicly.

“Mr. Markus’s comments to the media — most egregiously, the Op-Ed — were clearly in violation of Local Rule 23.1,” prosecutors in the case argued Friday, according to the Daily News.

“Not only did his statements directly comment on the merits of this case, but they did so in a manner designed to appeal directly to the pool of potential jurors in this case: the Op-Ed was published in a local newspaper, and it contained an express overture to jurors, discussing the verdict defense counsel wishes jurors to reach in this case,” they added.

Furthermore, according to The Guardian, the judge in the case already previously “ruled the deal that Epstein’s lawyers negotiated in Florida did not apply to the ongoing case in Manhattan and prosecutors.”

And so given this previous ruling, it appears what Markus had been trying to do was exploit the Cosby ruling to drum up public anger over his client’s incarceration. There was just one problem: Most of the public appears to despise her.

She is, after all, a woman who allegedly recruited young women and then pimped them out to Epstein and his friends. According to one of Epstein’s victims, former sex slave Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Maxwell was in fact the “kingpin” behind his whole child sex-trafficking operation.

“She is a monster. She’s worse than Epstein. She did things even worse than Epstein did. She was vicious, she was evil and she was a woman,” Giuffre revealed in an interview with CBS News’ Gayle King last summer.

When pressed by King about claims from Maxwell’s lawyers that she’s a “victim of media spin” and had been nothing more than a pawn, Giuffre said that’s false.

“They’re doing their job, but I know that woman — I’ve known her really well. Put it this way. Epstein was Pinocchio, and she was Gepetto. She was the guy pulling the strings. She had his money. He had her contacts, but Ghislaine was much more conniving and smarter than Epstein ever was,” she claimed.

Maxwell, a British socialite, was arrested by FBI officials about a month before this interview on allegations she’d conspired with Epstein to commit a range of sexual abuse against minors.

The arrest came 12 months after Epstein’s own arrest and 11 months after the deceased pedophile’s subsequent alleged “suicide.”

And so given all the damning allegations against Maxwell, few are eager to see her ever be released from incarceration:

Vivek Saxena

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